Around the NFC West: Non-division slump

Around the NFC West: Oct. 23, 2012

After a sizzling start, NFC West teams stand 12-8 against opponents outside the division.

That's not bad. It's much better than the division has fared in the recent past. But the NFC West has gone 1-5 against non-division opponents since going 11-3 against them to open the season.

NFC West teams were 18-22 outside the division last season and 13-27 in 2010.

The current 12-8 record marks an improvement, but it has the potential to slip further in Week 8. Seattle visits Detroit. St. Louis faces New England in London. The Seahawks are 4-0 outside the division and 0-3 inside it. The Rams are 2-0 inside the division and 1-4 outside it.

NFC West teams are 1-5 outside the division over the past two weeks. Arizona has lost at home to Buffalo and on the road to Minnesota. San Francisco lost at home to the New York Giants. The Rams lost at Miami and at home to Green Bay. Seattle's victory over New England in Week 6 stands as the exception lately.

The Seahawks play a string of five non-division games beginning with their trip to Detroit. From there, they face the Minnesota Vikings (home), New York Jets (home), Miami Dolphins (road) and Chicago Bears (road).

A victory over the Lions would leave Seattle in strong position to finish with a winning record. The team would have five victories with five home games remaining, plus a game against Buffalo in Toronto.